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  • Stolen children

    Great book was sorry when I finished it. In one day too. Terrible day outside but no would care with such a great book to read.

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  • Love this series

    Michael Wood you have outdone yourself on Stolen Children! I could not turn the pages fast enough, had to remind myself to keep breathing as I rushed to the ending as the tension kept increasing. Matlida Darke is one of my favourite series, she is so compassionate and almost nothing stops her and her team. This time they are trying to find one child who is missing, one who was missing has reappeared . Just the tip of the iceberg. I trusted many , suspicious of a few and yet I was wrong. Thanks to NetGalley , Harper Collins UK, One More Chapter for a captivating read!

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  • Found new author to follow😊

    Really enjoyed it😊! 4.5🌟stars Although I had guessed who had orchestrated the young victim's disappearance way before the book's climax I still enjoyed the journey there. This was my first time reading a DCI Matilda Darke mystery and I liked her character, the interplay with her colleagues and the way the plot unfolded. I also liked the thread of extra suspense provided by the still open case of disappeared Carl, whose story actually started before the first book in the series. There's a "police are prone to personal and professional mistakes too" realism as lines of inquiry are overlooked, reasonable caution gets overlooked and an officer tries to hide a major screw-up that endangers his family and the successful prosecution of a major case. And these officers really do throw themselves into danger for each other and successful resolution of a case! The whole plot only takes less than two weeks but with lots of twists and red herrings enough to keep up the tension and suspense. And I liked the light touches, like the playful fights over the sweet snacks cache🙂. I will be looking for more from this series because DCI Darke and her team are a likable ensemble and the author knows how to weave a good crime yarn. Thanks to publisher Harper Collins One More Chapter and NetGalley for providing an advance copy of the book; this is my voluntary and honest review.

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  • Riveting

    Oh my goodness ... that was riveting! This is the 6th in this excellent series and although, ideally, it would be good to read them in order, this is not absolutely essential as this works as a standalone but you do miss the development of the characters and some back story relating to previous cases. However, please do not let this put you off starting the series with this one because you will so kick yourself for missing out on this excellent book and then you can go back and enjoy the rest! This book has a strong and compelling story line BUT it's also dark and upsetting so be warned that there are some sections that are very difficult to read. The pace is perfect and I found myself racing through the chapters desperate to find out what was going to happen next. The characters are excellent and believable with DCI Darke being one of my favourite fictional characters - she is strong, sensitive, likeable, loyal but with flaws that make her sensitive and not above making mistakes; this makes her believable and plausible. I have read some good books this year but this has got be amongst the top so far without a shadow of a doubt and I have to give a massive thank you to HarperCollinsUK / One More Chapter and NetGalley for my copy in return for an honest and unbiased review. I cannot wait for the next one especially if that ending is anything to by!!

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  • A Terrific Read!

    This addition to Michael Wood's brilliant Sheffield based crime series, featuring DCI Matilda Darke and her Homicide and Major Enquiry Team (HMET), was a magnificent read. Stolen Children is the sixth instalment and my third in the series so far, having previously only read book one, For Reasons Unknown and book five, The Murder House. Having missed the books in between I'm sure to have lost out on some back story, though I didn't feel it detracted from my enjoyment of this book, as for me, it worked well as an individual read. In Stolen Children, a young girl, Keeley Armitage, disappears from outside a supermarket and a young boy walks into a police station in France, claiming to be Carl Meagan, who went missing in Sheffield four years ago. Matilda can’t help but focus on memories of the Carl Meagan case that almost ruined her career. In Keeley's case, a ransom call is placed but will Matilda and the HMET team be able to find her? Matilda makes a great fictional detective and I love that she’s feisty and determined and has a strong sense of justice, yet she has an air of vulnerability that haunts her. The other characters are interesting, likeable (mostly) and believable, and I quickly became invested in them and their lives. I respected DS Sian Mills, a supporting character who very much has her own style and is definitely not a stereotypical detective! A major highlight of this crime series is the focus on the HMET police team, their relationships, and their support for each other, although they bring along their fair share of problems too. The plot is complex with a high shock factor and varying lines of enquiry. With twists, turns and red herrings in abundance, Stolen Children certainly held my devoted attention from the first page to the finish and didn't disappoint. I thoroughly enjoyed Stolen Children and I'm counting down the days until the next book in the series is released. In the meantime, I have books two to four to look forward to! A truly terrific read. I received a complimentary copy of this novel from One More Chapter via NetGalley at my request and this review is my own unbiased opinion.

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